Painted roofing panels that look old and weathered are the best alternative for an instant rustic appearance. Also known as specialty paint prints, it is a product that has been painted repeatedly giving the finish depth and uniqueness.
It is our goal to educate our customers about the positives and negatives of Corten roofing. We have supplied hundreds (if not thousands) of rusted roofing jobs and we have not had any complaints about the product. The main reason for this, is because, we do our best to educate our customers of when NOT to use rusted roofing. In most instances there will not be any problems. However, knowing the concerns or pitfalls of this product is just as important as knowing the positives. So, what do you need to know about weathering steel roofing products? Corten or bare steel should not be installed near salt spray environments, areas of high humidity, or subject to standing water or frequent rain locations as it impacts the lifespan of the roof. There are no engineering load charts or wind uplift information. Any engineering that was accurate at time of delivery would be different after many years of rusting. Corten or bare steel can not be used with dissimilar metals. Corten or bare steel roof panels can not be installed on a roof with a pitch less than 3/12. This material will rust and cause rust runoff, staining the surrounding areas.
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Would you spend 20K on a roof that would give you a 40 year lifespan in the correct conditions or would you spend 18.5K-19K on that same roof and get about half the lifespan ? That is really the heart of this question.
One of the more recent trends in architecture has been new roofs and walls that look 100 years old. This type of metal is especially popular in desert and mountain communities for both residential and commercial applications. There are three ways to accomplish this look: bare cold rolled steel, Corten®, and Paint Prints.
Now that you have decided to purchase a rusted roof it is important that you realize how to make it last a long time. These three tips will help you make the correct choices for your roof.
That is what you call a loaded question. Many different circumstances and conditions go into the installation of your roof and weather conditions in the area you live. All that being said, there is no definitive answer to this question. It depends on the environment and the way in which it was installed.